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Rahmael Holt joins list of Southwestern Pa. men on death row

Brian C. Rittmeyer
Richard Baumhammers is escorted into court by Sheriff’s deputies for his appeal at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Monday, September 12, 2011. (Tribune-Review file photo)

On death row

There are 136 men on death row in Pennsylvania, including the following from Southwestern Pennsylvania:


• Richard Scott Baumhammers, 54, sentenced in September 2001, convicted of killing five people in 2000 shooting spree.

• Leroy Fears, 57, sentenced February 1995, pleaded guilty to molesting and strangling 12-year-old boy in 1994.

• Anthony James Fiebiger, 56, sentenced March 1999, convicted of strangling ex-girlfriend in 1989.

• Kenneth Hairston, 68, sentenced July 2002, convicted of killing his wife and autistic son in 2001.

• Wayne Cordell Mitchell, 42, sentenced December 1999, convicted of stabbing estranged wife to death in 1997.

• Richard Poplawski, 33, sentenced June 2011, convicted of killing three Pittsburgh police officers in 2009.

• Patrick Jason Stollar, 41, sentenced March 2008, convicted of stabbing 78-year-old woman to death in 2003 robbery.

• Ronald Taylor, 59, sentenced January 2002, convicted of killing three men at his apartment and two fast-food restaurants in 2000.

• Gerald Watkins, 50, sentenced December 1996, convicted of killing his girlfriend and her two children in 1995.


• Donald Mitchell Tedford, 68, sentenced March 1987, convicted of raping and murdering a woman in 1986.


• Patrick Ray Haney, 35, sentenced March 2014, convicted of beating a 4-year-old boy to death in 2011.


• Jeffrey Martin, 62, sentenced September 2008, convicted of raping and strangling 12-year-old girl in 2006.


• Jordan Alexander Clemons, 30, sentenced May 2015, convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend in 2012.

• Roland Steele, 73, sentenced March 1988, convicted of murdering three elderly women in 1985.


• Melvin Knight, 30, sentenced November 2018, convicted of torturing and killing a mentally disabled woman in 2010.

• John C. Lesko, 61, sentenced May 1995, convicted of killing four people in late 1979 and early 1980.

• Kevin Murphy, 58, sentenced May 2013, convicted of killing his mother, sister and aunt in 2009.

• Ricky Smyrnes, 33, sentenced March 2013, convicted of torturing and killing a mentally disabled woman in 2010.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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